Downtown Riverfront Master Plan


  • City of Frankfort


  • CityVisions Associates

The Challenge

The implosion of the mid-20th century Capital Plaza replaced a previous minority-majority neighborhood. The mega-structure’s removal represents a unique opportunity to repair the neighborhood fabric and reintroduce mixed-use block patterns. A prevalence of one-way streets currently limit access downtown and to the Kentucky River.


Reactivating abandoned bridges, connecting trails and reintroducing the street grid reorients downtown towards the river and strengthens Frankfort’s identity for tourism, commerce and recreation.

The Results

Nearly a dozen new buildings are being adaptively reused downtown and new construction is infilling vacant parcels. Street conversion is underway.

Existing rail bridge

Proposed Site Plan